Talk about problems.
Let's say you've got approximately $20,000 to buy a car but nothing in that NEW price range stirs your emotions. Yup, you're a genuine car snob.
Let's help this lad -- John -- out. Apparently he's a car nut and loves to jump from car to car. He has nearly $20 large ones to spend but it cannot be a Lexus. It MUST have a standard gearbox, four doors and he would like to take it up to approximately 150,000 miles without too much harm done in terms of greenbacks.
Personally speaking, I would rather just suck it up and buy new but hey, you have to keep up with the Joneses, right?
What do you suggest, Spies?
Long time listener, first time caller. I find myself in the yuppie’s dilemma – $18k to spend and infinite possibilities.
Some background: I’ve always loved a great ride and I’ve been promiscuous….my last five cars have been a 1991 535i, a Nissan 200SX, Mazda Millenia, 1997 740il, and I currently drive a 2008 Subaru WRX under lease ($260 a month with $0 down, about the only time a lease has ever made sense to me). When the lease is up, so is the jig. I’m a newly minted lawyer at a large law firm making way more money than I should at 27, and my wife’s a nurse doing just the same. We want to keep the purchase under $20K and I’ve seriously toyed with everything from a 2011 Sonata to a Z3 to 530xi to an A8 and everything in between.
The 2007+ g35s are a great car, but seems uninspired. My dream is a later-model 545i with around 75k miles, but I just can’t bear to think of the maintenance costs. That’s the reason we ditched our two previous Bimmers, but no matter how I rationalize, I just keep going German…love the smell, the look, the composure at freeway speeds. So help me out! What should a yuppie drive? Some prerequisites we’ve now settled on: manual tranny, 4 doors, take it to 150k without too much out of pocket. Don’t even suggest a Lexus!
[Source: The Truth About Cars]
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